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The Gene Explorer

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This is a java app that shows a DNA sequence along with the mRNA and the protein that would be made from the DNA sequence. The user can introduce mutations anywhere in the sequence and immediately see the effect on the RNA and protein. Promoter, termination and splicing sites (if present) are all color coded. A user determined sequence can also be used in place of the default sequence. There is both a stand-alone java app that can be downloaded and a java file that can be embedded on a web page.... More
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Material Type: Simulation
Technical Format: Java Applet
CAUTION: Java Applets may not run on all browsers
Date Added to MERLOT: July 16, 2009
Date Modified in MERLOT: August 20, 2012
Submitter: Jeff Bell
Keywords: promoter, RNA, translation, genetic code, terminator, splice site, DNA, translation initiation, transcription


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Primary Audience: High School, College General Ed, College Lower Division, College Upper Division
Mobile Compatibility: Not specified at this time
Technical Requirements: Java 1.5 on either Windows 98 or later, or Mac OS X
Language: English
Cost Involved: no
Source Code Available: no
Accessibility Information Available: unsure
Creative Commons: unsure


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